Weekend Update: 4th of July Fun

Well, like the rest of the country, we spend the weekend celebrating Independence Day. Wyatt had Friday off of work, which is always really nice, even though I had to work most of the day. I’m trying to finish up a bunch of assignments before Beanie’s arrival into the world and I need all the […]

Skirting the Issue…er Crib

One of the little DIY projects I’ve been wanting to tackle is the crib skirt, or rather a version of a crib skit. Because our crib has a drawer underneath, we couldn’t use a standard crib skirt with the draped fabric that just tucks under the crib as you lower the mattress. We needed something […]

Putting Up The Puffs (LED Lights for the Guest Room)

Not sure if you guys have heard of these “puff” lights, but I hadn’t until a couple weeks ago when a friend at church installed one in her new office. I laughed a little when I first heard the term puff light at first because I was picturing this: In reality, the one we installed […]

Lights for Late Nights

This weekend, we tackled another pretty big project in the nursery, switching out the lighting fixtures. If you’ll remember, this is what was in there before, the basic builder shade that we had in all the rooms upstairs: Not so exciting. Or very bright. So, we knew we wanted to switch it out. One of […]

Weekend Rewind: Fresh and Frozen Food Edition

This weekend, we harvested a bunch more blueberries from our garden. I can’t even tell you guys how excited I am. Also, I can tell you that I’m super pregnant. We got to enjoy fresh garden goodies on our plates, too. Also, on Saturday, we had some friends come up and we tackled a giant […]

Halfway Hopes for Our 2015 Goals

Well, June is nearing July, and that means we’re due to report on how we’re doing at the halfway point for the year on our resolutions and goals for 2015. 1. Develop a weekly cleaning routine. I decided to wait and try and start this after the baby arrives, as it will be a lot […]

Frosted Lemonade: A Delicious Summertime Recipe

I think I’ve mentioned that ice cream is one of my favorites…and not just since being pregnant. We have ice cream in our freezer pretty much at all times throughout the year and I often let myself have a bowl as a treat before bed. Now, store-bought ice cream is pretty good. Ice cream from […]

Rock-A-Bye Baby

You guys, we have a rocking chair for the nursery now. It’s starting to feel like a room that we could actually use. To back up a bit, I have been shopping for a rocking chair for awhile now. I think I started seriously looking when I was about 10 weeks pregnant, pinning possibilities to […]

DIwYatt: Outlet Upgrades

I think we mentioned in the post about the new doors for the basement guest room that there are a few house upgrades we’re making in every room in the house, slowly but surely, as we make our way through each room. One of those upgrades is switching out the damaged hollow core doors with […]

Weekend Rewind: Showers of Blessings

You guys, Beanie and I (and Wyatt) are feeling the love after a weekend of baby shower goodness. We started off the weekend with a wonderful get-together with friends to catch up and celebrate our soon-to-arrive little one. We left feeling pretty great about the awesome people we have in our lives. Of course, to […]

Bugs, Beans, and Berries! (A Garden Update)

First of all, I’m super excited we have blueberries! I know it isn’t like a bumper crop or anything, but this is just the first little picking of the ripest ones. It’s the first year we finally beat the birds at their game of stealing our delicious blueberries with Wyatt’s upgraded berry house. And even […]

Crib Notes

Well, guys, we officially have a crib for Beanie to sleep in…sorta. Well, it’s true we have a crib, and the crib is even put together, but we still need to get a mattress. To back up a little bit, let me just talk about out crib shopping experience a little bit. I started looking […]

Beanie’s First Library – Installing the Nursery Book Ledges

Melissa knew long before we started planning Beanie’s nursery that she wanted a full wall of books to read with our little one. It became my job to make that a reality. I started by talking about the steps to build our own book ledges in this post. Once we got them primed, painted, and […]

DIwYatt: Building Nursery Book Ledges

A couple weekends ago, I put together the book ledge shelves for Beanie’s nursery. Since then, we’ve been working on getting them painted and hung on the wall. Melissa is pretty excited about this project being checked off the list. We considered just buying pre-made ledges, since this idea is certainly not original to us, […]

Weekend Rewind: Babymoon Edition

Okay, so this weekend wasn’t really a big vacation like most people classify as babymoons, but we did sneak away for a few days to relax. We spent some time in our home away from home (AKA: Branson) and did a whole lot of nothing. For those of you not familiar with the term, a “babymoon” […]

Our Guestroom Headboard Reveal

Ok, we’ve been teasing long enough, it’s time to show you our handiwork in transforming our guest room from something that was basically just a storage area for hand-me-down furniture, to a room I considered sleeping in myself the first night it was finished. For a refresher on how we built and upholstered the headboard […]

Treats and Tricks: The Guestroom Window Update

One more post about guest room updates before the big bed reveal..this time to talk about the window treatments we went with for this room. For starters, we put the window blinds back up. We were fortunate enough that all the windows in our house came with these nice, faux wood white blinds when we […]

DIY (Nearly Free) Upholstered Headboard Using an Old Hollow-Core Door

For the basement guestroom, I was really hoping for a nice upholstered headboard to add some texture, color, and “fancy” to the room. But, I wasn’t willing to spend big bucks on one. We are using two twin beds down there, pushed together to make one big king bed (or pulled apart for any non-couple […]

Hanging Up The Headboard: DIY Wooden Cleat

Now that we had the headboard made, it was time to figure out how to hang it on the wall. Go back and read this post for ow we built and upholstered this giant headboard for only $25. We considered several options for this, including building legs for the headboard and attaching them to the […]

Does Everybody Know What Time It Is? … Trim Time!

In case you didn’t get it, you’re supposed to say the title above in this voice: I just have to say, again, how much white woodwork makes a difference. As a refresher, here’s the room before we painted the windows and trim (thanks for the help, mom!) And after we painted the trim: And then […]

Herby Goodness

You may have noticed in my Wednesday post about our houseplants that I failed to mention a couple of other pots we have growing in the kitchen window sill. (It’s okay if you didn’t notice, I’m going to tell you about them anyway. ) For Mother’s Day, Wyatt got me a couple of nice little […]

Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

You guys, guess what? I cooked! As in, I followed/created a new recipe…something other than sauteing zucchini or boiling potatoes. I know, I used to cook all the time, but then the pregnancy sickness hit and I sort of just defaulted to eating whatever Wyatt made for us to eat. I’m ashamed to say that […]

Houseplant Hang-ups

I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to struggle a little with houseplants. It’s not that I don’t take care of them, I just always overestimate how much care they need and sometime don’t put in the time to really manage them. But, I like having live greenery inside, especially during the winter, […]

Catching Up With the Kitchen

Remember when only used to talk about the crazy kitchen project that took us forever? Ah, those were the days, huh? Just kidding, I’m sure you all are a lot more interested in variety, but I wanted to go ahead and talk about a few little updates we’ve made to the kitchen, decor-wise in the […]

Sweet Storage for Sweet Stuff – Beanie’s Dresser and Closet Remake

Now that we have the room all painted, we’re starting to move into the nursery, which is a pretty fun process. One of the first things we needed was a dresser. We’re planning to use a dresser for storage (The closet is small.) and as a changing table. (The room is small, too.) I actually […]

Fresh is Best: Painting the Basement Guestroom

A few weeks ago, I talked about painting the nursery a fresh, light gray. Similarly, we finally got the new basement guestroom painted. We used the exact same color because we got the paint for free (BOGO) and I figured it would be a nice, fresh, blank slate for the guest room. And, since it’s […]

Beating the Birds (Third Time’s the Charm?)

This year, for the third year in a row, we’re working to keep the darn birds from stealing all our blueberries before they are ripe. So frustrating. Just look at all those little berries we have to protect. Last year, Wyatt really stepped up the bird barrier “house” but we used the same netting as […]

Garden Update: Spring Set Up 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Wyatt and I were debating whether to even fool with the garden this year. We’re both trying to keep an open mind about how much adjusting we’ll need when Beanie gets here. On one hand, I want to make room for us to spend time recovering, resting, and relaxing this […]

Weekend Rewind: Memorial Day Edition

This weekend was a good one for the Shipman family. We hope you also enjoyed the holiday with friends and family, all while remembering those who have served and passed on before us. We’re feeling especially blessed because we were able to both tackle some projects around the house and spend time with family and […]